What we can learn from what's happening with digital government
All three levels of government have embarked on digital/innovation overhauls of the way they serve the public, with the first common element to think of the client first and have them in mind when creating or revamping anything they do. If they can do it, so can we.
A chronology of technology and innovation research in the Canadian immigrant and refugee-serving sector
When it comes to looking at technology to serve clients in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector the conversation, and literature, spans almost two decades. This is a chronology of these conversations and related literature.
Public Interest Technology - bringing humility to tech
We're aware that we need cultural humility, but what about technology humility? Too often our interactions with techies leaves us feeling frustrated, less-than, and no further ahead in understanding how to address our tech challenges. Perhaps we need to work with committed public-interested technologists who have embraced tech humility...
Newcomers accessing services – the reports behind the stats
If you’ve been in the sector, you’ve heard stats thrown around about how only about 40% of newcomers actually access settlement services. I’ve compiled a summary of some research where those numbers come up. You can download a bunch of reports with more detailed information. This isn’t meant to be the definitive list, just useful reports I’ve found on the topic.
IRCC’s Research at a Glance – OMG, OMG, you have to subscribe
I’m excited. Are you excited? If you’re interested in staying up to date about the latest research about newcomers, you should be. I recently discovered that IRCC has an email list where you can get up to date research information directly from the IRCC Knowledge Management – Research and Evaluation department. You'll want to check it out.
Disruptions are about pulling reality one step closer to your fantasies and imagination
“I always thought it was a scary buzzword so I never really used it. But before coming here I looked in the dictionary and I realized that it means to interrupt (an event, activity, or process) and to drastically alter (the structure of something), to change. So I was like, okay, that’s not that scary after all.”
3 Reasons Why the Future of Work is People-First
Much of the current writing on AI is about how AI will replace some human functions, but just as much on how important humans will remain (and perhaps more so) in the future. Current writing also emphasizes the importance of the choices we make now about AI, innovation and technology. It’s not all quite as out of our control as the tech bros might want you to believe.
Apps for human services – a review of Chalmers bot
You likely have seen some news about a new app to help people experiencing homelessness in Toronto find and access services – Chalmers Bot. It’s a great story. I decided to dive in and try it out. Here’s my assessment, along with a screen-cast of me using Chalmers. I think you should try it out.
A focus on the transformative power of feedback
I've seen some interesting things come through my feeds recently about feedback and how it can help make change, so it's time to dive in a bit more deeply.